What You Need to Know About Haze

Even Singapore with the best if not perfect medical healthcare infrastructure is prone to the health effects of haze. We saw the worsening of haze in the past months. This is indeed alarming so the HPB (Health Promotion Board) wants to educate the public about the health effects of haze and what you can do to avoid its effects.

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We should know that haze has this fine dust particles that if inhaled or came in contact with the eyes and skin, can cause dry cough, dry throat, sneezing, eye irritation and runny rose. Though the effects are mild, we should still practice precautions. The good news is that the symptoms or the effects will subside as soon as the air quality get better. However, the Singapore HPB always reminds the public that there are people who are prone to haze’s adverse effects.

People with medical problems (like asthma, heart disease and lung disease) will likely experience pain and discomfort. Elderly and children are also susceptible to haze’s adverse effects. If the individual experiences pain and discomfort, it is advisable that they seek medical attention right away. Apart from the health effects, you need to know about PSI (Pollutant Standards Index). It is an index that gives information especially when it comes to air pollution’s daily levels here in Singapore.

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Before going out, the public is urged to read the PSI forecast first. The forecast will include the PSI value, PSI descriptor and Health Advisory. If the PSI value here in Singapore is below 100, the descriptor is good/moderate range; the health advisory is to stay alert and be updated. If the PSI reached 101 to 200, the descriptor is unhealthy range; the health advisory for the general population is to limit outdoor activities.

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